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The Ellsworth baseball coaching staff pulled its four seniors aside at the start of their 2018 season. "Coach Voelker and James Georgakas, after one practice, they brought us back and sat us down and said, 'You guys need to realize that your team is good enough to go to state. You guys just have to get them together. Then you can do it.'" Mission accomplished.
The Ellsworth Panthers baseball team is headed to the WIAA sectional finals for the first time since 2013 after defeating Hayward 6-1 on Tuesday, June 5, at Park Bowl in Viroqua. Senior Ryan McGregor pitched all seven innings for the Panthers (15-6) and limited the Hurricanes (17-6) to one earned run, which came in the first inning when Terry Kilmer hit a one-run single to center fielder Shane Elsen and brought in Brady Christianson who hit a double in Hayward's prior at bat.
Ellie Funk has been named Plum City's 2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete after being a standout in the classroom, court and field. The 2018 senior maintained a GPA of 3.431 during the course of her high school career while leading her volleyball, basketball and softball teams. Funk earned 12 varsity letters from Plum City: three in volleyball, three in basketball, four in softball, one in cheerleading and one in fall dance.
Ellsworth's Val Achenbach shattered more than just clay targets in Week 5 of the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League's Week 5 of competition. Achenbach, a freshman at Ellsworth High School, shot down 45/50 targets in Week 5, recording the top women's score in the Claybreakers' program history. Achenbach said her dad and coach, Denton Achenbach, wasn't aware of how well she was shooting as she knocked down 45 targets.
2017 Prescott High School graduate and All-State high school basketball player Owen Hamilton announced that he will be transferring from Northern Illinois University to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he will fulfill his dreams of being a Badger basketball player via Twitter on Tuesday, May 29. "As a kid I always dreamed of being a Wisconsin Badger and playing at the Kohl Center," Hamilton's tweet read. "With that being said, I would like to announce that I will be transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Madison next year and fulfilling that dream."
The Prescott Cardinals softball team will soon be making its way to Goodman Diamond in Madison where the Cardinals will compete in the program's first state tournament since 2002, but before that, Cardinal fans are encouraged to share their well-wishes on Wednesday, June 6, at Prescott High School.
Five Prescott track and field athletes made their way atop the fifth-place step of the WIAA Division 2 State Track and Field Meet's podium on Saturday, June 2, where they were applauded for their record-breaking 2018 seasons. Four of the Prescott fifth-place finishers stepped onto the podium with high hopes for what is yet to come in their high school track and field careers, while Westy Bartsch watched his high school career come to a close as he received his final track and field medal.
All high school teams walk into their seasons with one ultimate goal: competing in the state tournament. For some teams, playing on the biggest stage is outlandish. For others, the state tournament is attainable, but lack of work ethic and commitment holds them back from reaching it. Neither of these scenarios were true for the Prescott Cardinals softball team.
Day 1 of the 2018 WIAA State Track and Field Meet is in the books along with some new school records set by Pierce County state competitors. The Prescott Cardinals' girls' team competed in three events on the first day of the state meet on Friday, June 1 and came away with two new school records. The Cardinals' 4x200 team made up of Grace Carlson, Jessie Urman, Tori Benck and Abby Syverson took fourth with a time of 1:45.48 to qualify for the Saturday, June 2 finals and break their own Prescott school record once again.
The Ellsworth baseball team's seniors have grown familiar with facing Prescott in the playoffs over the course of their high school careers. In 2015, as freshmen, four-year varsity players Ryan McGregor and Drake Flom were dealt a crushing 13-inning, 7-5 loss from the Cardinals and then freshman shortstop Peter Brookshaw.